Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happy Ever After

Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happy Ever After


By (author) Geoff Mead

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  • Publisher: Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 17mm | 294g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1908363010
  • ISBN 13: 9781908363015
  • Illustrations note: 20 b/w woodcuts
  • Sales rank: 405,882

Product description

"Coming Home to Story" tells of the magic of stories and storytelling, and of their power to liberate the human spirit. Master storyteller Geoff Mead takes the reader inside the experience of telling and listening to stories. He shows how stories and storytelling engage our imaginations, heal communities and bring adventure and passion into our lives. The narrative is interspersed with consummate retellings of traditional tales from all over the world.

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Author information

Geoff Mead is a storyteller, writer and consultant. He tells traditional stories, runs story-based workshops and teaches storytelling at venues in the UK and as far afield as Spain, Canada and Japan. He divides his time between his partner's house in the Cotswolds and Lyme Regis where he lives and writes in sight of the sea.

Review quote

"If you didn't believe before that the storyteller can be both healer and magician, you could hardly not believe it after reading this book. I feel the better, and the wiser, for having read this inspiring text." Fact and Fiction magazine

Table of contents

Prologue; Section 1: Being and Becoming a Storyteller; Chapter 1: Falling in Love with Story; Story 1: The Banyan Deer; Chapter 2: Joining the Company of Storytellers; Chapter 3: Master and Servant; Chapter 4: A Moment of Grace; Story 2: Jumping Mouse; Section 2: Healing Fictions; Chapter 5: Getting Into Bed with the Bear; Chapter 6: Stories all the Way Down; Chapter 7: Storied Lives; Chapter 8: Living Stories; Story 3: The Giant who Had No Heart in His Body; Chapter 9: Telling the Untold Story; Chapter 10: Hermes in the Gorge; Section 3: Men and Storytelling; Chapter 11: We Band of Brothers; Story 4: The Furthest Shore; Chapter 12: Fathers and Sons; Chapter 13: Sons and Fathers. Section 4: Widening Circles; Chapter 14: Some Enchanted Evening; Story 5: The Magic Garden of the Poor; Chapter 15: Storytelling in Organisations; Chapter 16: Water on the Rock; Epilogue.